Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Telluride Plein Air Festival
(Another box canyon town up the mountain from Telluride)
'First View-Telluride, CO' oil 6x8 © Marc R. Hanson '09
That's where I've been for the last week. What a spectacular place that is! If you ever have the chance, GO...
We painted for about 3-1/2 days or so, then set up our displays and greeted the crowds on Friday and Saturday the 4th of July. I had a great time meeting so many other artists, local residents and visitors to what might be the most beautiful mountain setting that I've ever been to. The Telluride Plein Air Festival staff were a pleasure to deal with I must say. One of the really great things that most of these events do for the artists is arrange 'host families' to house us for the week, saving a lot of money but also allowing us the chance to meet and become friends with people who live in the area. My host family was more than I would have expected, kind, understanding of the strange schedules that artists keep when deep into painting and socializing, and completely available if needed. A funny side note... I was trying to find their house using GPS and the address. The 'lady' on the GPS took me to a road with a very large gate, security and all. I tried to get in, tried to call my host but couldn't reach them. I found out later that they had been called to a location for their work around the mountain and were out of cell phone range. Anyway we did eventually connect later that evening and I told my host Sheilagh that I had been at the gate but didn't know how to get in. She told me that they didn't have a gate and asked me what the gate looked like and where I was. I told her, she told me that the gate that I was trying my all to get into (called the security guy, the assistant?, etc..) was in fact Tom Cruise's gate! I couldn't see his house, he has a nice place. I don't know why the GPS thought that I should go up that way? They're very accurate. Could it be that the GPS Lady (the female who's voice is constantly giving me directions) had an ulterior motive???
The week finished with a great 4th of July parade, fireworks and a rain storm. I loved being in Telluride. Back when I thought skiing was ALL there was in the world, I would have been in heaven to have landed there. I think that I will go back when the white stuff is covering the green and see what that time of year is like. NO lift lines from what I've been told.
Here are a few from the week that I've edited for posting. I painted about 15 or so pieces and will post them as they get edited too.
'Vermont Volvo' oil 10x8 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
This is an alley painting, very popular in Telluride because they have a ton of old alleys to be painted. I sold this one at the Artist Choice Gala event in a silent auction.
'Flash Boom!' oil 10x8 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
The last day was the 4th of July. Most of us in the exhibit decided to paint that day. Ken DeWaard and I painted the parade, Walter porter painted me painting the parade. It was your a typical small town parade full of characters, children, dogs (lot's of dogs in Telluride), and red, white and blue. The painting was done in about an hour. I started it when there were only a few people in front of me. By the time I finished there were about 4000 people in front of me. This is as impressionistic as I probably paint but it was fun to do. A very nice lady saw it and decided that she should have it for her house.
'Down Valley' oil 6x8 © Marc R. Hanson '09
One of the nice things about being in a large mountain range is that you can watch weather happen at some distance away without it affecting you... meaning I could paint rainstorms while staying dry. This is one looking out the valley from Telluride.